Specialty & Technique Guitar Classes

Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

If you can already play guitar, now it's time to get into the groove. With the guidance of our expert teaching artists, expand your skills and repertoire to open the wide world of guitar beyond the basics.

For intermediate players and beyond, open to students who have completed the Guitar 2 level and above. (If you're not sure where your skills fit in, visit our placement quiz.)

We suggest all guitar students consider starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory, if you want to work on lead guitar or eventually write your own songs. It's a great primer into a wider world of musicianship.

Bluegrass Guitar Workshop with Molly Tuttle

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($35 members)

Learn Bluegrass techniques and stylistic elements from virtuosic, award-winning guitarist Molly Tuttle!

Walking Bass Groove Lab

Intermediate

Monday with Harlan Terson

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

British Rock Acoustic

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Garageband Basics for Guitarists

BeginnerNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Peter Green Electric Blues Style

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Extended Play: Guitar

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters, Charles Kim, Elaine Moore, Catherine Norden, Jim DeWan, Steve Dawson, Louis Bardales or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Beyond Guitar 3

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Mary Peterson, Lisa Joy DeRosia, Dan Fulkerson, Catherine Norden or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A special level for students who want to continue on the path of musical growth offered during our morning classes or within the confines of our Armitage location.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Intermediate

Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris or Steve Levitt

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in your musical journey.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Intermediate

Tuesday or Wednesday with Lisa Joy DeRosia or Elaine Moore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

RPA Ensemble

Advanced

Thursday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Steve Hutchins

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Skills

Intermediate

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Advanced

Sunday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Lead Guitar Soloing Basics

Intermediate

Friday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continuing Slide & Fingerstyle

Intermediate

Sunday with Donna Herula

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Continue to add emotion and feel to your slide guitar playing

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Intermediate

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Let your fingers become the Fab Four

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday with Jacob Sweet

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory 2

Advanced

Monday with Chris Winters

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

We offer this advanced class a few times a year.

Fingerpicking Skills

Intermediate

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Fingerpicking Repertoire

Intermediate

Monday or Saturday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Intermediate

Thursday with Randy Morris

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Jazz Guitar 1.5

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz guitar mastery is a lifelong journey and we invite you to repeat level as much as necessary before moving on to Jazz Guitar 2.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Intermediate

This class is offered on a rotating basis with Jazz Guitar 1. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information..

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 1

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 2

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Jazz Guitar 4ever

Advanced

Wednesday with Tony Do Rosario

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

An ongoing class in the advanced study of Jazz for the guitarist.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Intermediate

Tuesday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Intermediate

This class alternates with Flatpicking 1 If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Beginner

This class alternates every other session with level 2. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Acoustic Blues Guitar Repertoire

Intermediate

This class alternates every other session with level 1. If you would like to discuss options, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Beginner

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Intermediate

This class alternates every session with Blues Fingerstyle 1. Mark your calendar and be sure to sign up next session.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Blues Fingerstyle 3: Decades of Acoustic Blues

Advanced

Monday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Explore different aspects of Acoustic Blues a different decade each session.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Beginner

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Beginner

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Advancing Guitar: Licks and Tricks

Intermediate

Tuesday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learn approaches to the fingerboard designed to improve your playing

Acoustic Zeppelin Songbook

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with John Mead

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Tell your friends and bring a tangerine

American Primitive Guitar of John Fahey Online with Nathaniel Braddock

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Take a look at the styles of one of the seminal figures of fingerpicking; the late great John Fahey.

Blues Guitar Workshop with Corey Harris

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $40 ($35 members)

Crashing CAGED Guitar in 4 Weeks

IntermediateNew!

Saturday with Chris Corsale

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

This is lot simpler than it sounds and it works for any genre of music.

Creative Scale Practice 1

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Creative Scale Practice 2: The Modes

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $160 ($140 members)

Fingerstyle Workshop Series

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Monday or Sunday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns

Beginner

Wednesday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Expand your accompaniment abilities beyond strumming.

Four Fundamental Fingerpicking Patterns pt.2

IntermediateNew!

Thursday with Randy Morris

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $80 ($70 members)

Garageband for Guitarists Continuing

IntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Bill Brickey

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Develop your skills and understanding of this entry level DAW.

Guitar Music of Nick Drake Online with Nathaniel Braddock

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Nathaniel Braddock

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Learn about Drake's unique guitar tunings as we explore songs from this musician's all-too-short career

Guitar Zero to Guitar Hero

IntermediateNew!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $160 ($150 members)

Irish Accompanist Guitar Styles

Intermediate

Wednesday with Jim McVeigh

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Learnsome chops to make you the hit of your next Irish session!

Mississippi John Hurt: It's All In The Thumb and then some

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Return To Guitar

Open to AllNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Speechless: A Guitar Workshop with Jorma Kaukonen

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $100 ($90 members)

Strategic Strumming

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Songwriting with Open Tunings

IntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $206 ($186 members)

Guitar Arranging and Singing with Happy Traum

WorkshopIntermediate

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($40 members)

Join the legendary guitarist and educator make the most of what you've got to arrange simple song to make them interesting and compelling!

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/31/2020 – 10/25/2020

Monday 07/20/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 08/03/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 08/05/20: Open registration


Teachers

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